Hanscom Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol
One of the leading Civil Air Patrol squadrons in Massachusetts
Hanscom Composite Squadron is recognized one of the leading squadrons in the Massachusetts Wing an, accomplishment we are very proud of. By performing homeland security, humanitarian missions and developing our country's youth, the squadron is comprised of a dedicated team of professional volunteers professionals who are proud to be serving America.More...
CAP offers one of the most robust youth leadership programs in the country
The Civil Air Patrol, cadet program, provides the youth of our nation with a quality program that enhances their leadership skills through an interest in aviation, and simultaneously provides service to the United States Air Force and the local community. The program is open to United States citizens and permanent residence between the ages of 12 and 21 years of age. Click the image above for more information. …More...
Our senior program offers the opportunity to work in a multitude of different roles.
Hanscom Composite Squadron is recognized one of the leading squadrons in the Massachusetts Wing an, accomplishment we are very proud of. By performing homeland security, humanitarian missions and developing our country's youth, the squadron is comprised of a dedicated team of professional volunteers professionals who are proud to be serving America. MA-043 Hanscom Squadron - Senior Program Senior Members currently meet at 7:00pm - 9:00pm on the 1st…More...
Join our team and make a real difference to your community
As part of the Hanscom squadron you can make a difference whatever your skills and background! As much as we need our pilots and aircrew, that is only part of the story. We have members who come from all walks of life and contribute in many ways to our programs. We train our members in the skills they need to contribute to our programs and services.More...
Squadron Commander's Welcome
Lt Col Stephen P. Hood
Welcome and thank you for visiting our website, I hope you find the information on this site helpful as you consider membership in Civil Air Patrol, the Auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
All of the members of the Hanscom Composite Squadron take great pride in our squadron and in our accomplishments across the spectrum of the three CAP missions we serve: Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education.
We are recognized as one of the leading squadrons in the Massachusetts Wing and are very proud of this accomplishment. We excel by substantially contributing to the capability of the Wing. Our members are dedicated, professional, and we enjoy what we do!
We invite you to become involved with us, contribute your talents, and refine your leadership and technical skills as we carry out these very important missions.
If you would like to see first hand what Hanscom Composite Squadron is all about, go to the Contact Us link and myself or one of my staff officers will reach out to you directly.
Lt Col Stephen P. Hood
Latest Squadron News
Lt Col Zamot and State Rep Ken Gordon
Wreaths Across America 2014
December 2014, Fort Devens, Massachusetts
Hanscom Composite Squadron honors the veterans laid to rest at Fort Devens with a wreath laid on each of the 426 graves.
Along with the Hanscom Cadets and several Hanscom Senior members participating in the ceremony were active duty Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, veterans and community members.
The US Army Garrison stationed at Fort Devens showed their gratitude towards Hanscom Composite Squadron by presenting each member with their unique challenge coin and a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Army Garrison Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Steven F. Egan.
Many of our Soldier, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen pay the ultimate price to ensure Americans will continue to enjoy the freedom our country was founded on. Wreaths Across America is dedicated to honoring and remembering their service and sacrifice so that no one is forgotten.
Civil Air Patrol Cadets of Hanscom Composite Squadron worked tirelessly to gather sponsorship for the wreaths and special thanks goes out to the USAF Airmen, their families stationed at Hanscom AFB and all of the other Base personnel who contributed to make this possible.
Written by: C/CMSgt Xavier Wrenn, CAP, Hanscom Composite Squadron
Wreaths Across America
2 Dec 2014
Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a simple, non-profit organization which aims to remember and honor our fallen veterans by having wreaths laid upon their graves, at Arlington National Cemetery and other burial grounds all around the nation. Hanscom Composite Squadron has contributed greatly to this noble cause, and not just by fundraising...
Not only does WAA do much fundraising to support their endeavor of laying as many wreaths as possible on the veteran’s graves, but many organizations and groups decide to have teams in which they have others sponsor or buy wreaths, and the money given to them is used to buy a wreath, which is then placed on the grave of a fallen veteran.
Hanscom Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol is such an organization, and has contributed greatly to the cause. In fact, because of Hanscom Composite Squadron’s efforts, all four hundred and twenty graves at Fort Devens will be covered with wreaths sponsored through Hanscom Composite Squadron! In fact, Hanscom Composite Squadron has gotten sponsored four hundred and sixty-nine wreaths in total. All four hundred and sixty-nine wreaths were sponsored through various squadron-hosted fundraising events, in addition to individual cadets and senior members of the squadron having friends, family, and others around them sponsor wreaths through them.
One such fundraising event resulted in the sponsorship of over half of the wreaths sponsored by the squadron. Hosted at the Commissary of Hanscom Air force Base across two separate dates, 11 cadets worked tirelessly to acquire patrons from the hustle and bustle of the store on a Saturday morning on Saturday November 15, 2014, and Sunday afternoon on November 23, 2014. Across both days, two hundred and seventy-five wreaths were sponsored. The first day was so productive that one wreath was sponsored every 2 minutes!
Those who volunteered put an enormous amount of effort into both days, and all of it will pay off soon, and greatly. In addition to having wreaths sponsored, Hanscom Composite Squadron’s cadets will be going to Fort Devens to lay the wreaths which they have worked so tirelessly to have sponsored upon the graves of every fallen veteran laid to rest at Fort Devens. A great thanks is also due to everybody who decided to sponsor one or many wreaths, and their contributions are greatly appreciated as without them, perhaps not every grave at Fort Devens will have a wreath on it.
Many pay the ultimate price to ensure Americans will enjoy the freedom many seemingly take for granted, so what better way is there to repay them than honoring and remembering their service and sacrifice? Wreaths Across America has been generous enough to ensure the graves of veterans won’t be forgotten this holiday season, and groups like the Hanscom Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol among many others work tirelessly to ensure the graves of all of our fallen veterans will be blessed with a wreath.
Article written by the Cadet Activities Committee of Hanscom Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol. For more information about Hanscom Composite Squadron and its cadet and senior programs for ages 12 and up, visit www.hanscomcap.org.